The Lawyer Inquiry: Ekaterina Sorokina

Ekaterina Sorokina was born in 1969 in Moscow, USSR. She currently works in London for Mayer Brown & Platt as an attorney.

What was your first job?

My first two jobs (simultaneously) were as a legal assistant/secretary at Steptoe & Johnson in Moscow and an assistant professor at Moscow State University Law School.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

A huge $1,200 per month!

What would you have done if you hadn't been a lawyer?

I think I would have been an artist and a poet! I am an artist and a poet anyway, but I might have tried professionally.

What was your most satisfying professional moment?

I have had several, with each one more satisfying than the last, but I think the most satisfying one is my hopes for the future.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Falling asleep at my desk in the middle of a meeting after a night of travelling and a day of meetings in Kazakhstan. When I awoke, the 15 men around me were talking in a whisper!

What do you least like about being a lawyer?

Embarrassing moments and time sheets.

And the best thing about being a lawyer?

Satisfying moments and satisfying deals.

Who do you admire most, and why?

Lawyers who manage to combine brilliant professional careers and a strong family life. Why? I think because I can't do this yet! Not just yet, at any rate.

Which famous person or historical figure would be your ideal client, and why?

My ideal client would be one with a lot of problems. There are many of these among famous and historical figures!

What is your all-time favourite record?

Abba's Arrival – just joking. I like many different types of music, from classical to French and Spanish music.

What is your all-time favourite book?

I would prefer to mention some of my favourite writers: Turgenev, Lermontov, Bulgakov, Somerset Maugham and Rimbaud. I think we all have similarities in spirit.

What food or drink can't you live without?


What's your favourite restaurant?

In London I like the Sri Thai, which is close to my office.

And your favourite watering hole?

The Sherlock Holmes pub,Trafalgar Square.

How do you relax?

Horseriding in the park, dancing, painting.

What is your most precious possession?

I think my knowledge, my experience and my character. I find these things have the highest value in life. Meo mecum porto.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Where I am.

In ten years' time, where do you see yourself?

With Mayer Brown & Platt as a partner! I would also like to open an art gallery and publish a book.